Our pilgrimage to Venice will be led by a well-seasoned team of guides specializing in contemplative spirituality, hospitality, and a robust knowledge of the region.
Christopher is a spiritual director, teacher, and writer; retreat leader; and host of international pilgrimages. He is the former Chair of the Coordinating Council for Spiritual Directors International and is Executive Director Emeritus for Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality. Christopher is a contemplative follower of Jesus with a deep respect for the great spiritual wisdom traditions of the world. He is a spiritual director, and provides both formation training and supervision of spiritual directors. He maintains a private spiritual direction practice in Pasadena, California. where he lives with his partner, Frank Ramirez. Christopher brings years of experience as a spiritual teacher and companion, using teaching, contemplation, and humor to assist seekers on the journey.
Frank, who will assist with hospitality, is a seasoned pilgrim with journeys to Italy, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Greece. Recently retired from full time state government service, Frank is a member of the Vestry at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California and served on the Bishop Search Committee for the new Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles. He is also a lay Eucharistic minister administering the sacrament of communion to those in hospitals, nursing homes, or unable to attend worship. He brings his considerable gifts of planning, coordination and humor to assist with spiritual hospitality. We are also grateful to Frank, who has studied photography in Los Angeles and Paris, for most of our Pilgrimage photos.
Anthony, our principle pilgrimage guide and organizer, is based in London. He has organized pilgrimages and study tours to Rome, Assisi, Padua, Ravenna and Venice on a full time basis since 1988. Anthony has lived for the past forty years in a lay Christian community in London. His guide portfolio includes both Catholic and ecumenical pilgrimages. Since 1980, Anthony has been the co-coordinator of Palazzola Holidays, the Venerable English College, Rome pilgrimage organization. Anthony brings great knowledge, vast experience, and much grace as he returns again to assist us on pilgrimage.